Originally Posted by Atwater His Ass
Manning will always be a Colt that the Broncos rented for a couple of years. I love that Manning is here and what he is doing, but I'll always think of him as a Colt first. No one is going to associate Joe Montana with KC or Brett Farve with anyone but GB. I don't think even winning super bowls will change that for anyone living outside of Denver.
I disagree, but only a little. If Manning does win a Super Bowl or multiple Super Bowls here, it would probably muddy the whole identity thing. Winning championships irrevocably attaches a player like Manning to that team forever, and he certainly would be seen as the primary reason we won one/them. Yes, he would and will always be remembered as a Colt, but if he wins championships here, he will be remembered as a Bronco in the same breath.